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“Fighting for what she believes in, staying true to herself and never losing hope”
Tyra Bolling, better known as Tyra B, is a dedicated singer-songwriter from Petersburg, Virginia who is no stranger to the music industry. She's best known for her Top 40 R&B singles "Country Boy," "Still in Love," and "Givin' Me a Rush.” She has toured and shared stages with multi-platinum selling artists including Beyoncé, Trey Songz, Chris Brown and many more.
Tyra began writing songs at the age of 9. Shortly after, Bolling created a local singing group by the name of Kraz’e (pronounced Crazy) with her sister and now cousin-in-law. While the other two singers went to college, at the age of 15, Bolling decided to pursue a career as a singer.
In 2005, her singles "Country Boy" and "Still in Love" became Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart with no major label support. A second single "Get No Ooh Wee," co written by Kandi Burrus, released later that year and landed her a gig as the opening act on Destiny's Child: Destiny Fulfilled World Tour.
In 2007, she released the hit single "Givin' Me a Rush" which peaked at #2 on BET's 106 & Park. It became her biggest hit to date as she was named one of Billboard’s “Artists To Watch and accumulating over 6 million views on YouTube.
After years of creative differences and conflict over her image and sexuality, Tyra decided to leave her record label. "I was an openly gay young woman way before I was signed, but my label didn't want that image portrayed publicly, so I had to pretend to be something I wasn't. But it became extremely taxing, and I was tired of pretending."
With her sexuality always being questioned from the start, Bolling had this to say, “I just want to overcome the stigma of homosexuality within the music industry, especially for black artists and help open the door for others just like me.”
Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, Tyra returned to the scene as an independent artist with a Bachelor's degree in Music Business and a new single entitled "I'm Yours." The ballad is a heartwarming, acoustically driven love song written by Tyra and produced by Chicago native, Sharod Virtuoso. Appropriately released on Valentine's Day, the single has already garnered over a half million streams on social platforms. The official video features appearances by Mimi Faust of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta and social influencer, Shod Santiago. An EP, entitled Tysexual is slated to release in Summer 2017 with production by Mike Kalombo, Sharod Virtuoso, First Kontact, D. Clax and Kent Murphy.
Heavily influenced by Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Usher and TLC, Tyra blends an amazing voice, solid songwriting, and a superb live performance to show the world what she’s got in store this time around. And it’s all her way.
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